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Housing?

So I am about to enroll in ATP, I am from NJ/NY area, and I will schedule my classes starting in June, and I chose Tampa location to be my FBO, I will be dorming in the school housing, I found out that it takes 1 hour walking from housing to school in Tampa, I would have no problem if I was in NY because it has so many public transportation, but I don’t know how to solve this problem in Tampa! To get from housing to school! Or there any shuttle that school provides?

Karim,
You may want to reach out to the Tampa location Training support specialist (TSS) or lead to check if they have any recommendations for you, but shuttles are not supplied by ATP. Your best bet is to carpool with other people living in student housing.

-Hannah

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Karim,

While ATP will provide you with everything you need to be successful, getting to and from training is your responsibility. While Hannah’s recommendation to carpool might help, there will inevitably be times when you’ll have an issue getting to/from and be stuck. If public transportation is an issue, I’d recommend you pick up a cheap beater used car. You can use it for your time there, then flip it when you’re done. It’ll cost you little to nothing or if you’re savvy you can even make a few bucks.

Adam

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Karim,

You will need to supply your own transportation. Like Adam, I would recommend buying a used car.

Chris

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Yes I was thinking about buying a car to get to/from the school, because I thought about carpool but sometimes me and the other students won’t have the same schedule, I dont know but I even considered buying a bicycle or electric scooter but honestly I don’t know if it’s easy to do in Florida like NY

I would get a car, not a bicycle. You need to be able to get to and front he training center in all weather, independent of others.

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Karim,

I’m from the NY/NJ area as well, starting my training in Trenton April 12.

I lived in the Tampa area for 2 years, more specifically Clearwater and about a 10 minute drive from the St. Pete/Clearwater (PIE) airport. Lots of construction going on around the airport but it should be done by the fall. I lived right near the apartments ATP works with - I believe they’re called Gateway North Apartments - they’re right behind a Walmart, so easy access to groceries! They are also very close to the airport (less than a 10 minute drive) so maybe a bike or scooter is for you since its so close, but for the bad weather have you considered Uber or Lyft? In a month it can be the same price or cheaper than a car payment and insurance since its short term. Should be the minimum fare ride. $3-5 each way. It is also a very walkable route as I used to run along Roosevelt Blvd.

In the summer be prepared for that 4:00 random thunderstorm that lasts 20 minutes and then back to beautiful sunshine!

If you have any questions about the area, send them over. I’d be happy to help.

P.S. you’re about 20 minutes from the best beach in America, Clearwater Beach!

Matt

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Matt, respectfully I disagree. Ever hear of a little place called Hawaii? :wink:

Adam

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Hard to argue with Hawaii but Clearwater sand is more white :smirk:

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That is some lovely sand but I’ll put the Pacific against the Gulf any day!

Adam

At least we can say that the Gulf coast is the only area on the east coast to see a sunset over water!

Matt

Thank you so much for your clarification, I also thought about bicycle as I want be permanently living there, also my fear is that there’s no bicycle lanes there like here in NJ/NY area

Karim,

From what I can remember I don’t believe that Roosevelt Blvd (Street that the apartments and airport is located) has bike lanes, but the sidewalk isn’t generally used that much since the area between the airport and apartments is basically no mans land. Theres houses backed up to it with houses faced away from the road with fences. I think the next road down, Ulmerton Rd, has bike lanes. Ulmerton is the main road for the middle of the county that go east and west. The 2 others are East Bay Dr. (Roosevelt turns into E Bay) and Gulf-to-Bay blvd. For north and south you’ll want to use Rt 19 and if headed to Tampa or downtown St. Pete use I-275. Pinellas roads are very grid like. Makes it easy!

Downtown St. Pete is where its at, tons of restaurants and bars, its the place to be.

Also look into the PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) Im not sure if they have a bus directly onto airport grounds but it is a bus that can take you all around the county.

Matt

Nope. The Eastern Shore of Virginia has sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay, as does the west coast of Michigan over Lake Michigan.

Pretty much any State with a body of water - lol

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Well I stand corrected :sweat_smile: :sweat_smile: